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Argo Navis School

Type: Elementary School, Featured Private Elementary Schools, Middle School, Private Middle School


Imagine a learning experience unlike anything you had as a child. Imagine travelling to locations throughout the city each week to learn by experience, not from a workbook. Imagine learning math and language by building a sailboat, and a test in the form of setting it out to water. What if your study of biology consisted of visiting a marine biologist in Santa Monica and your study of archeology came from an archeologist at the Natural History Museum? What if your learning path was guided mostly by you and what you found interesting in the world? What if your Learning Plan was tailored to fit your unique way of learning?

Argo Navis is a research-driven private, progressive elementary and middle school that welcomes adventurers, voyagers, mavericks, innovators, and pioneers. Our revolutionary educational model is rooted in PBL with the ambition to deliver an education that takes place both inside the classroom and out in the world around us. Students embark on field trips each week to connect real-world learning experiences to what they are learning in the classroom. With small student/teacher ratios, each student is given an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) to allow teachers to adapt the educational experience for each individual student to how they best learn. Our hallmark programs are designed to excite and inspire students, fostering curiosity and wonder as the leading agents in guiding students to a personal learning experience that is deep-rooted and lasting. Signature programs include: Spanish Immersion, Financial Literacy, Design & Engineering, Visual & Performing Arts, Urban Sports, Global Education, Oceanography & Scuba, and more!

Curious to know more? Visit us!

Time to set sail.


Address: 5456 McConnell Ave, Playa Vista, CA 90066-7062

Phone Number: (323) 447-5437

Email: [email protected]

Website: Argo Navis School

Age Ranges: Elementary Grades 1st - 5th, Middle School Grades 6th - 8th

Before/After Care: none

The Willows Community School

Type: Featured Private Elementary Schools, Private Middle School


The Willows Community School, located in Culver City, is a Developmental Kindergarten through 8th grade non-profit, co-educational independent school enrolling 475 students annually. Recognized as a balanced, progressive educational leader, the strong academic program incorporates experiential learning, thematic instruction and social emotional learning into cutting-edge curriculum and integrates design thinking, maker, technology, and the arts into the classroom. Strongly committed to financial assistance, The Willows seeks a broad-based student body with a diversity of race, ethnicity, socioeconomics and learning styles. 40% of our student body is comprised of students of color, and the school annually enrolls students from 57+ zip codes across the greater Los Angeles area. We believe each child brings our community an extraordinary gift: a curious mind, ready to explore and eager to learn.


Address: 8509 Higuera Street, Culver City, CA 90232

Phone Number: (310) 815-0411

Email: [email protected]

Website: The Willows Community School

Age Ranges:

Before/After Care: none

Westside Neighborhood School (WNS)

Type: Preschool, Private Elementary School, Private Middle School


Westside Neighborhood School (WNS) is a preschool-8th grade independent school in the West LA’s Playa Vista neighborhood.

WNS is committed to creating a deeply caring community of lifelong learners that nurtures students from diverse backgrounds to reach their full potential, develop cultural competency, and inspire the world with their curiosity, innovation, compassion, and stewardship.

The WNS Advantage

WNS embraces a positive, child-centered approach to education that strives to fully develop the potential of each student intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our high academic and ethical standards encourage students to take responsibility for their learning and their behavior. Propelled by curiosity, WNS students are learners, doers, and makers. We provide students with a platform to become entrepreneurs by nurturing their intrinsic ability to innovate. Our program is designed to engage students in a project-based, active-learning curriculum that challenges all students to grow. We provide an environment steeped in a growth mindset where each child is able to experience success, embrace mistakes as a part of the journey, is confident in taking intellectual risks, and where individuals feel valued in their differences and value the differences in others.


Address: 5401 Beethoven Street, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Phone Number: (310) 574-8650

Email: [email protected]

Website: Westside Neighborhood School (WNS)

Age Ranges: Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary Grades 1st - 5th, Middle School Grades 6th - 8th

Before/After Care: Before Care/ After Care